Ethics-based decision-making and health impact assessment

Andrew Tannahill, Margaret J. Douglas*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

To compare the use of health impact assessment (HIA) and the decision-making triangle (DMT) framework for evidence-informed, ethics-based decision-making and consider implications for practice. We compared HIA and the DMT approach with reference to: their use of evidence and theory; their application of ethical principles or values; and how they aid decision-making. A good fit between the HIA and DMT approaches was found. Ways in which they could be of benefit to each other were identified. The DMT approach and HIA are highly compatible: they are rooted in largely shared ethical principles or values; both involve appropriate use of evidence and theory; and both are concerned with enhancing the quality of decision-making in the interests of population health. The DMT approach and HIA are of potential value to each other: established HIA methods and tools can be of practical help in using the DMT approach; and the DMT framework provides insights to how HIA methods and processes could be improved and the vision of 'impacts that matter' widened.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-108
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Promotion International
Issue number1
Early online date27 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • ethics
  • evidence
  • health impact assessment
  • values


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